This week on Moyers & Company, Bill talks with the astrophysicist about his redux of the famous Carl Sagan series and why science and science literacy matter in a democracy.
Almost 35 years after the original “Cosmos” ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as “America’s most popular scientist,” has updated the series for a new generation.
Tyson spoke with Moyers on Friday about “Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey” and the impact of the original show:
Why did ‘Cosmos’ not fade? It’s not because it brought you the latest science. Although it also did that. It’s because it displayed for you why science matters. Why science is an enterprise that should be cherished as an activity of the free human mind. Because it transforms who we are, how we live, and it gives us an understanding of our place in the universe. And it’s these states of mind that you carry with you for the rest of your life.
So in the new ‘Cosmos,’ that we are continuing this voyage. We’re continuing this epic exploration of our place in the universe. We have other stories to tell beyond the ones that went on back then. Yes, right now, we are steeped in the ignorance of dark matter and dark energy.
What else does the new “Cosmos” have to offer? Watch the video and find out.